There are certain women journalists who have inspired me as an essayist and writer waaaay before the word blogging was invented. Anna Quindlen was one and Lisa Belkin the other. Aside from writing for The New York Times both women had a voice that spoke to me as a young woman starting out in the world – in college and afterwards – as they wrote frankly about work/life balance, feminism and in varying degrees, motherhood. As a Film major and American Studies major in college I was steeped in the cannon of feminist literary, social and film criticism. But few mainstream journalists were talking about the real issues on the ground in a way that made “women’s” issues a normal, worthy part of the public discussion.
I always looked forward to Lisa Belkin’s New York Times Magazine stories and later her Life’s Work columns. When she launched The Motherlode blog on the nytimes.com site I was thrilled. Not only is it an enormously vibrant community but it gives further discussion to so many of ideas and stories in the paper that normally would be a “lifestyle” piece and nothing more. It also has a way of really tapping into the current ethos (and neuroses) of our current state of parenting like nowhere else. Last year I was such a fangirl that Amy Oztan took pity on me and swung me an invite to a lunch Lisa Belkin held for parenting bloggers at the New York Times cafeteria. We’ve been trying to get her on the Blogging Angels podcast ever since, but coordinating schedules is never easy. Then, last month at BlogHer, Nancy Friedman luckily attended the same session as Lisa Belkin and jumped a the chance to have her record with us right there in the hotel in San Diego. Unfortunately Heidi had an outrageously fabulous event to attend at the same time and couldn’t make this podcast, but we did our best and Lisa Belkin was a guest angel extraordinaire!
Listen in and hear all the scoop on the New York Times and bloggers, the future of journalism and all sorts of dishy stuff on parenting, mom blogging and what it all means. Really, all that in a mere 40 minutes. She’s that good.